Through much of her childhood and adolescence, it appeared that Deepika Padukone would follow in the footsteps of her father, badminton champion Prakash Padukone, but as a teenager, she realized she w...
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was left shocked when an excited fan rushed on stage to greet the actor during a concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The actor hit the stage for the Access All Areas concert with fellow Bollywood stars Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and singer Yo Yo Honey Singh on Sunday (01Dec13).
However, Khan's dance performance was temporarily disrupted when a member of the crowd scrambled onto the stage in a bid to hug the star. Security staff escorted the fan out of the venue, according to the Indian Express.
Following the incident, Khan took to Twitter.com to share his thoughts on the star-studded show, writing, "Show over... The frenzy lives on. Good bad ugly I do, it's nice to be appreciated. It makes me feel I tried & it was good enuff (sic). Thanx Dubai (sic)."
Bollywood movie Barfi swept the board at the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Saturday (06Jul13) after scoring a total of 12 honours. The romantic comedy picked up Best Film, Best Story and Best Screenplay, while Anurag Basu was crowned Best Director and the film's stars Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan earned the Best Actor and Best Female Actor prizes, respectively.
It also won Best Musical Director for Pritam, in addition to a slew of technical titles.
Anu Kapoor (for Vicky Donor) and Anushku Sharma (for Jab Tak Hai Jaan) took home the best supporting actor and actress accolades, while Abhishek Bachchan scored the Best Actor in a Comic Role for Bol Bachchan.
Career achievement awards were presented to Anupam Kher and Javed Akhtar, while new dad Shah Rukh Khan was named the Digital Star of the Year.
The IIFA Awards, which is touted as the Indian version of the Oscars, was held in Macau, China as officials celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema and was hosted by Khan and Shahid Kapur. Performances on the night came from stars including Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Prabhu Deva.
Through much of her childhood and adolescence, it appeared that Deepika Padukone would follow in the footsteps of her father, badminton champion Prakash Padukone, but as a teenager, she realized she was more interested in entertainment than athletics. She began her career as a model but moved into acting, landing a starring role in the Bollywood film "Om Shanti Om" (2007). Padukone went on to appear in a number of other Hindi movies including the performance of a sexy song for "Dum Maaro Dum" (2011) that led to a legal charge of indecency. Through films such as "Cocktail" (2012), "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" (2013) and "Chennai Express" (2013), Padukone continued to prove her acting chops, often shining in films that were otherwise panned.
Born the oldest child of badminton champion Prakash Padukone and Ujjala Padukone in Copenhagen, Norway, Padukone originally trained as a badminton champion, competing at the national level in India before realizing she would rather pursue an entertainment career. She landed her first commercial - advertising soap - as well as her first modeling job, both at the age of 20, and that same year won the Kingfisher Fashion Award for Model of the Year. After attending acting classes, she debuted in "Om Shanti Om," an action-comedy-drama about a reincarnated man looking for his lost love, played by Padukone. The film was a critical and commercial hit, the highest-grossing Indian film in 2007, and won Padukone a Best Female Debut Award in the Filmfare Awards as well as leading to a series of more starring roles for the actress.
Padukone's success in follow-up roles was mixed; she received praise for some performances and was panned in others while some critics singled her out as the one high point in otherwise mediocre films. She found herself at the center of controversy when she performed a song in "Dum Maaro Dum" that led to a court filing that ordered the film banned or cut for obscenity although the case was later dismissed. Critics praised Padukone's performance in films including "Cocktail" and "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" even though the films themselves were not entirely successful. She also starred in "Chennai Express," which grossed more money domestically than any other Bollywood film in history.
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Played baseball and badminton competitively as a child.
"I never get pulled down by negativity. I use it to work harder and improve whatever I can." - from Hindustan Times, Aug. 17, 2013
"I don't feel that Hindi movies are just for a Hindi speaking audience. Our films are today reaching a wider audience because they are relatable and are being liked by people not understanding the language we speak in our films." - from Bolly News UK, May 29, 2013